Our volunteers are a creative bunch!
One of our Engage Volunteers Michael has written this poem on what being a Horniman Volunteer means to him for Volunteers Week:
What does being a Horniman volunteer mean?
Being asked ten times a day (at least) “Where is the queen?”
Our beloved bees aren’t the only ones that questions are asked about.
“What’s in here?” “Harvest Mice,” we say, “But they haven’t yet come out.”
There’s our faithful stuffed fox, the Nature Base star, whom children love to hug,
And the microscope to see up close a beetle, wasp or bug.
For exercise, there’s paper to be picked up off the floor,
And it’s always time to sharpen those darned pencils just once more.
Quiet times, busy times, Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall,
Ask any volunteer, they’ll tell you - Half-term’s the worst of all.
There’s school groups, art groups, visitors young and old.
From the latter, many Horniman memories of yesteryear I’ve been told.
Friendly staff and visitors, a pleasant working atmosphere,
Are partly the reason I continue on, gladly, year by year.
That, and the friendship of the other volunteers, all trying hard to please,
And the reward of helping children learn-about nature and the wonderful bees!
Michael Viner, 2016